Emily Topher

The Pleasant Surprises of Marriage…

So anyone who has been married, knows that there are so many surprises that come with marriage. I am happy to say, today I re-discovered two pleasant surprises of being married to Christopher James Phillips.
1. A former Stock/Bag boy at Stokes Grocery store, can do wonders in my pantry.
(Anyone who knows me, knows that I can’t hang things straight on the wall, I can’t walk straight— I can’t do anything straight. Including trying to put up cases of canned fruit and veggies on my shelf, an impossible task for this woman …)
2. A plumber/drain unclogger.
Again, that straight factor helps when your trying to line up pipes. I’m not so good at that.
If anyone would have told me that I would be loving and appreciating things like this, I would have thought they were crazy.
I love my plumber/stockboy hubba.



At least someone thinks Tucker looks like me…(even if it is by only 4%)

I saw this on Chad and Lauras Blog…What fun, thanks guys.

Emily Truman Tucker

Good Times With our Aunt Amy…

Dearest Aunty Amy,
If you keep spoiling us like this, we are going to grow up thinking that it is a normal thing to be so stinking spoiled rotten.
And by the way, we had so much fun. So much fun in fact Truman was too excited to fall asleep, and had to keep talking to his big brother, until he eventually fell asleep with the words “boondocks” coming out of his mouth on Saturday Night. And Tucker talked about that cool places where you were almost running on the ceiling for a long time. And being able to watch Lightening Mcqueen on the Big Screen while Eating Hot Dogs and Super Big otter pops? Life doesn’t get better than that.
As for me, your sister, I must admit, I completely enjoyed walking around IKEA with out worrying about loosing my children (and my mind).
Thank you again for spoiling my boys rotten and thinking of us.
We WUV you!!!

Topher Truman Tucker

Real Life Super Heroes..

My boys love Superheroes. At least one part of my day always includes them. Whether it is dressing up as superheroes, pretending to save people, or using their imagination to transform everyday objects into rockets, helicopters, or submarines to save people, they are an ever-present part of us.
One of my new favorite super hero things is an AWESOME new show on PBS called Super Why. It is about kids/superheroes who save they day by learning new social skills and by reading. AWESOME. I have only seen 3 episodes, but I am sure it is going to be a family favorite.
The kids have already pretended to be one of “Super Whys Super-readers”, which leads us to the next few pictures…
Toph had some fun in Photoshop today and made the boys into real life looking superheroes.
Truman the Red Power Ranger…
Tucker the Red Ranger and SPD Crew…
Super Why Super Reader Tucker…
Super Why Super Reader Truman…
I have an amazing husband, and superhero children who make living in this world so much fun.


Grocery Overload…

Sharpie Marker.
Quaker Sale.
Maceys Caselot Sale.
Storage room.
Enough said.



Just plain old Laundry Hampers,
I don’t think so…They’re Super Under Water Submarines
Taking the heroes to SAVE THE DAY!!!
Who would have thought laundry day could inspire so much imagination and fun?!



We got a note home from Tuckers School on Monday, this
is totally him. Nothing. is always his response…
A note to parents about

When children come home at the end of the day,
the question they’re asked as they scurry to play is
“What did you do today?”
and the answer they give makes you sigh with dismay.
“Nothing, I did nothing today!”
Perhaps nothing means that I played with blocks,
or counted to 10, or sorted some rocks.
Maybe I painted a picture of red and blue
or heard a story of a mouse that flew.
Maybe I learned a new letter today,
or went outside on the swings to play.
Maybe today was the first time
that my scissors followed a very straight line.
Maybe I learned a song from beginning to end
or played witha special brand new friend.
When you’re in preschool and your heart has wings,
‘Nothing’ can mean so many things.
–I love that Tuckers Heart does have wings, and Nothing
does mean so many things. I love this boy, nothings and all.

Emily Topher Truman Tucker

A “REAL” great Time…

Dear Aunt Amy,

Thanks for the tickets to the REAL SLC soccer game.
We had an absolutely great time.
Truman loved seeing the soccer game, the players, the balls, dancing to the music,
giving the lion cuddles and big high fives and eating snacks while were there (Can you say Sugar High?)
Tucker loved seeing the REAL Lion mascot,
and we loved cheering anytime something good happened,
seeing when the soccer ball going into the goals, and eating.
Can you tell we had a Fabulous time?
You are super thoughtful and wonderful,
Em and Fam
ps-Thanks to you too Eric, we couldn’t have gotten in with out you finding us to give us the tickets! Love you too!


Step Away from the Coupons….

Okay, so yesterday I officially crossed the line from having a passion for couponing to being Psycho about couponing. And due to this, I am afraid, it is time for me to step away from the coupons for a few days….
Let me explain.
The past year or so, with a few of my neighborhood ladies, I have begun “couponing”. We buy in bulk things that are on sale, and that we have coupons for. Therefore saving a good amount of money and as well as getting name brand products. Between the 3 of us, we usually are aware of a majority of the good grocery deals in the area.
Yesterday, I was going to get a good deal on cereal and milk, when I walked in our Local Albertsons, and was thrown completely off my kilter by 90 Crazy Coupon Ladies.
I was in shock….What in the world were these ladies doing here, and what were they buying?!?! How could I be so completely unaware of this sale where Ladies were literally fighting over products. If it was that big of sale, how did it slip past my radar. When I looked at the Ad, I realized it was the Quaker sale. One of the biggest sales of the year.
I didn’t have any of my coupons with me, and by the looks of the ladies there, I highly doubted that I would be getting anything by the time they were through.
I called my husband, very shaken, and asked my self a gammit of questions– How could I have missed this sale, how did it slip past me? Am I loosing my touch? Am I going to be able to get any Quaker products? Usually if you don’t get them the first day, you have little chance of getting them with out stalking the grocery store. I don’t want to be a stalker.
I continued through my very busy day, continually stewing over this sale….
That is how I know I have crossed the line: IT IS ONLY A SALE!!!! I have a pantry stocked with food. If I don’t get the product, OH WELL. But yesterday I had a one track mind. I couldn’t get my mind off the sale, and I just wanted to get the sale.
That is how I know I have crossed the line, so no coupon talk for me. I am taking a few days off, and I am off limits to good deals. My Psyche and my husband don’t have the time/energy/patience to deal with it right now 🙂
Just in case you are wondering-I did make it to another Albertsons and found most of the things I had coupons for. I spent $70 and Saved $280. Not fabulous, but not bad either. But definetly not worth the stewing I did all day long worrying about a STUPID sale.

Truman Tucker

Talking to Topher

Toph called the boys on the phone this afternoon, while he was talking to Truman, Tru said, “I am bowling on the table”– Unfortunately I had walked out of the room, to check on Tucker, so I didn’t hear this part of the conversation.
I brought Tucker back with me to the kitchen, got the phone from Truman, then walked out of the room so I could finish the phone conversation with Topher, only to return to the kitchen to find this:
“Truman Bowling on the Table” (just like he told Topher he was going to do), He was throwing small pool balls into my glass drinking cups. I switched the containers, and took this picture.
Topher was laughing so hard on the phone, because he knew exactly what Tru was doing.
Not to many people can say they have played table bowling before.